Psalm 27:1,3 (New International Version)
The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?…Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident.
Fear occupies the space in our hearts that God designed for peace. Peace and fear are as incompatible as light and darkness; when we are filled with one, the other disappears.
The peace that can replace our fear comes from trusting God, and trust comes from faith that God is both sovereign and good and that he cares for us. The psalmist David sang of fearing no evil because he believed in God’s power to overcome the trouble of this world and to come to the aid of those who love him. Jesus reassured his disciples that they needn’t be afraid because God knows our troubles, and he cares for each of us more deeply and intimately than for anything else in his creation.
FATHER, I long for the peace that comes from trusting you completely. When words or circumstances frighten me, speak into my heart, Lord, and remind me that I am loved beyond anything else in this world. I ask for faith that is so strong and real that I can be peaceful, even when trouble threatens me, because I know you keep me safe.
Psalm 23:4; Luke 12:4-7
What reassurance do you need from God to take away your fear?